It's been 2 years since I had a go at this - and I am determined to complete the full loop this time 'round. We will take the same map Andy's used the last 2 years.
This is a very demanding route with several steep climbs and (at least) one downhill that'll see you on the brake the entire time. A very strong rider may be able to get around on a hybrid or MTB but road bikes are strongly recommended for this. Temperatures are forecast to be in the low 20s, if it gets too close to 30 we will probably postpone until August or September.
We will take the 07h43 GO train to Burlington station and ride north from there. The train is usually I recommend getting there for 07h00 if you need to buy a ticket else 07h15. It is early so lineups should not be a problem but with weather good . That'll give you time to find us and get sorted.
Typical preparation and SOP for long rides apply.
The forecast is for good weather – partly cloudy with temps in the low 20s.
Length - ~120 km, (including the run from Burlington GO station to the official course start).
Pace - 25-30 km/hr on flats. Much slower on climbs. Much, much faster on descents.
Temperature - 23°C forecast
Route - all road (although some make City of Toronto roads look pristine by comparison).
Map - http://www.cyclecanada.com/HHHmap.htm (I’ve run off 20 copies already! Never hurts to print your own to be safe)
Road bike recommended - Intermediate or Advanced Riders. Both the distance and climbs make this a challenging ride.
Transit - We leave Toronto Union Station on 07h43 westbound to Burlington. We will want to be closer to the west end of the train – less crowded and less walking at Burlington.
Route info - http://www.cyclecanada.com/HHH.html
Route sheet - http://www.cyclecanada.com/HHHRoute.html
• Please make sure that your bike is tuned up and ready to go!!! If this is your first long(er) ride, check the air in your tires the night before…
Bring spare tubes along (I’d recommend at least 2 due to the rough roads) along with adequate water and nutrition. Stops are few in the middle of this ride, just the occasional petrol station with a variety store.
Be prepared for an 8 hour day of riding.
Food choices are extremely restricted after Lowville.•
Dropping out will be problematic - you'll have to rely on a taxi to get to GO bus/train if you have a mechanical problem. As we get further north you are closer to the 401 so returning to Toronto via Milton rather than Burlington may not be the cheapest option.
Hope i didn't forget anything. See you tomorrow, eyes bright, tails bushy!